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Illustrated by Jeff Davies
It deals with the families Falconiformes, Galliformes, Turniciformes, Gruiformes and Charadriformes. 119 species are covered out of the 900 recorded in Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica, the Antarctic and subantarctic islands, the external territories of Cocos-Keeling, Christmas, Lord Howe, Norfolk, Kermadec, and Chatham Islands, and the islands and reefs of the Coral Sea.
Information for each species includes: field identification, habitat, distribution and population, movements, food, social organization and behaviour, voice, breeding and plumages. There are illustrations of behavioral postures and plumage features, maps of breeding and non-breeding distribution, sonagrams of calls and songs, diagrams of timing of breeding and moulting. NOTE: This volume is now available at a reduced price.
Introduction; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations and conventions; Falconiformes; Galliformes; Turniciformes; Gruiformes; Charadriformes; Appendices; Errata; Indexes.